Canadian actress Shirley Douglas dies at 86

Canadian actress and activist Shirley Douglas has died at the age of 86.

Her son, actor Kiefer Sutherland confirmed Douglas’ death on Twitter on Sunday afternoon. Sutherland said his mother passed away due to complications from pneumonia, and that her illness was unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Douglas was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. She was the daughter of medicare founder Tommy Douglas, who  served as the Premier of Saskatchewan from 1944-1961 and the first federal leader of the New Democratic Party.

The Canadian activist received numerous awards and honours throughout her life, including the Order of Canada.  Douglas supported the civil rights movement, the Black Panther Party, and campaigned on behalf of the federal NDP in 2012, supporting Brian Topp for the party’s leadership. Douglas was also a prominent activist in favour of publicly-funded Canadian health care.

Douglas leaves behind her three children– twins Rachel and Kiefer Sutherland, and Thomas Sicks from a previous marriage.